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Comfort Me

“The brains are almost entirely texture–like savory marshmallows in a crisp crust. Tossed with salty capers and drizzled with a sweet buttery sherry sauce, they play tricks in your mouth. I make them whenever things are going badly. They’re a lot of work, but they’re worth it. They remind me that life is full of…

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Flame Kissed Sweets

Summer is here. So, we head outside to savor every single moment of sunny weather. In my neighborhood, the air is perfumed with the scent of BBQ smoke. We love alfresco dining and entertaining. When it comes to grilling, I have a reputation for being “better than a man”. While I am not sure if…

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Heat Things Up!

Farmers market season is here, hooray! With summer produce arriving on the scene, I always find myself with lots of veggies in the fridge. I use as much as I can fresh, but what to do with the rest? As of late I have become the queen of refrigerator pickles. I don’t want to mess…

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On a Rampage

Spring inspires people to do unexpected things (see my previous article Spring Inspiration Tour). Among farm visits, drinking rose wine (Finally! Rose is back!) and tasting a plethora of spring menus all over town, I was inspired to go on a rampage. All because of a little plant called ramp. Several times in recent past…

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Under Pressure

Bah bah bah bah bah bah… Under pressure…   Of course, in the kitchen that means using pressure cooker. I used to live next door to a chef-instructor, who taught an entire class called Under Pressure. You see, most people (yours truly included) are nervous around pressure cookers. They have a bad rep, stemming from…

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In Defense of Chicken

I love Barefoot Contessa.  There, I said it.  I love watching Ina Garten cook on Food Network and I am not ashamed to admit it.  Why, you ask?  Well, I have many reasons.  Maybe it is because she isn’t a trained chef pretending to cook at home.  Maybe because her hands-on approach reminds me a…

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Holiday Ode to Grandma Katherine

With the holidays quickly approaching, we all start thinking about family and traditions.  I am no exception.  And this my best food memory. Growing up, every family gathering I remember was scented by my Grandma Katherine‘s baking.  She would start making doughs and fillings three days in advance.  Then on the day of the celebration,…